Capitol Public Radio's Katie Orr recently sat down with Californians Against Waste Executive Director Mark Murray to discuss his work with local governments and community groups throughout California to pass bans on single-use plastic grocery bags, which are polluting oceans, rivers and communties by the billions every year. Murray pointed to efforts with then-San Francisco Mayior Gavin Newsom to implement cutting-edge local policies.
"Cities are laboratories of innovation," said Lt. Governor Newsom. "And the capacity at the local level to innovate, the entrepreneurial spirit. Less tribalism in terms of the politicization of issues. It's not a Democratic plan to clean up graffiti or a Republican plan. There's just an initiative to clean up the graffiti and clean the streets."
In 2014, Murray worked with the Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators to pass a statewide ban, the first in the nation. Since the passage of SB 270, out-of-state plastic companies have spent over $6 million on paid signature gatherers and public relations to put a referendum to repeal the ban on the November 2016 ballot.